Saturday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. The Globe and Mail: Intel, AMD, and Western Potash smacked with downgrades
  2. Wired: Facebook search all but announced by Mark Zuckerberg
  3. C|Net: USB cables could power PCs, peripherals (thanks ssk)
  4. Geek.com: Intel says Clover Trail Atom CPUs can’t run Linux
  5. WPCentral: Windows Phone 8 has officially gone gold (RTM)
  6. Meet the first announced Ubuntu for Android product: NexPhone
  7. Oracle announces latest release of Oracle VM VirtualBox


Saturday

  1. HotHardware on Intel CTO’s keynote
  2. Tech on Budget on Dell Vostro 270s
  3. Win hardware from Gigabyte and KitGuru
  4. NCIX and Newegg have weekend deals

Mobile

  1. hp CEO: We have to ultimately offer a smartphone – Fox Business
  2. Neowin: Benchmarking site leaks Galaxy S II Plus specs
  3. Neowin reviews Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
  4. TestFreaks’ LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case review

Software

  1. Linux and Life: What to prepare before installing Arch Linux the first time

Systems, storage, and networking

  1. Legit Reviews on Intel’s Next Unit of Computing
  2. KitGuru’s DinoPC Predator Extreme 3570K OC

    review (4.7GHz i5-3570K / GTX 670 OC)

  3. TweakTown’s iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 gaming laptop review
  4. Bits and Chips have Intel Haswell architecture details (in Italian)
  5. NinjaLane on the 4 best X79 motherboards
  6. Hardware.Info’s mSATA SSDs review: 128GB

    AData XPG SX300 vs. 256GB Crucial m4

  7. Legit Reviews on EnGenius XtraRange ESR750H router

Multimedia

  1. ThinkComputers posts Nvidia 600 series video card overclocking guide
  2. HT4U (in German) and Techgage review Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
  3. PureOC reviews Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce and MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr
  4. Guru3D’s MSI GeForce GTX 650 Power Edition review
  5. Neoseeker reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB low profile
  6. Hardware.Info rounds up 17 gaming monitors
  7. CowcotLand reivews Tt eSports Chao Dracco Signature headset (in French)

Power, case, and cooling

  1. TweakTown reviews 800W Cougar GX800 PSU
  2. Hardware Secrets reviews 750W Antec High Current Pro PSU
  3. techPowerUp! reviews 650W In Win GreenMe PSU
  4. OCC’s CM Storm Stryker case review
  5. VR-Zone reviews Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler
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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I. The Globe and Mail: Intel, AMD, and Western Potash smacked with downgrades.

    Good news for AMD. It can still be downgraded!

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    With the low value of shares between both Dell and HP (both are at or near 10 year lows), I smell a merger coming on. I see no other way for these companies to survive. Neither has really good business sense anymore. So what does a company do when they are all out of ideas, buy another company that is all out of ideas and hope the combined strength is enough to stay above water.

    • WillBach
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Geek.com: Intel says Clover Trail Atom CPUs can't run Linux[/quote<] This is like the death panel provision in the Obamacare bill. Many talked about like it was real thing, only one person every reported seeing it in the bill. Only the Inquirer, of all the news sources covering that presentation, reported this, and all the other stories are citing them.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    This seems like important news given the whole raging debate that went on over the A6 chip in the iPhone 5: [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6292/iphone-5-a6-not-a15-custom-core[/url<] Turns out it isn't 'ARM15' but more Qualcomm Krait-like in that it's a licensed IP custom core CPU. So no, Apple isn't first to ship A15, 'technically.' They may be [s<]copying[/s<] following the example of Qualcomm. Oh noes fanboys!

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      This is significantly more impressive than being the first to deliver ARM15. Designing their own core, rather than licensing one, is a Big Deal.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        what??!?!! it’s the same as Qualcomm!

        i guess it’s more impressive for apple, but not the industry.

          • blastdoor
          • 7 years ago

          Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm fall in that category. NVidia, TI, Samsung, and Apple have not.

          If Apple has moved into the top tier of companies that designs their own cores, that’s a big deal.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i suppose. but that means it’s not the long awaited a15

            • blastdoor
            • 7 years ago

            It will be really interesting to see how an A15 implementation compares to Krait and whatever Apple has cooked up. I don’t know if you bothered to read the Anandtech article, but he made the point that the A15 was designed with servers and high clock speeds in mind, which might not be ideal for smartphones and tablets. Could be that Qualcomm (and Apple?) have come up with something better than A15 for smartphones/tablets. But we’ll have to wait and see.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i did read it. even the big words.

    • oldog
    • 7 years ago

    Re. “Nvidia 600 series video card overclocking guide”

    Does anyone overclock a video card?

    I’ve had nothing but headaches when I have in the past.

      • WillBach
      • 7 years ago

      I tried to underclock my Gigabyte 560 Ti but nothing could fix it. I RMAed it, they sent it back, still not working. I talked to newegg, RMAed it again, got a shiny new replacement, which died after about 12 hours. I’m one year into owning a pretty nice graphics card and I’ve gotten three or four months of use out of it 😐

        • theadder
        • 7 years ago

        The mistake is to choose Gigabyte. They aren’t interested in customer service. I’ll never buy from them again.

        EVGA is best.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      Outside of epenis benchmarks, overclock GPUs isn’t really worth it unless the chip in question is held back by artificially by a significant margin for marketing reasons.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    awww thanks ronny!

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]hp CEO: We have to ultimately offer a smartphone - Fox Business[/quote<] Ya if only you had come out with something like the Palm Pre 2..... oh wait...

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      I had the original Palm Pre (to replace my Treo 700), then a Pre 2 and now using a Pre 3. I’m ready for a Pre 4 🙂

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i would be too, if it ran wp8

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Well it would be just like Palm/HP to put a dead end OS in their handsets.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you know what would be nice, an iphone with current tech, rather than 2 year old left overs.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Geek.com: Intel says Clover Trail Atom CPUs can't run Linux[/quote<] Congratuations intel, you just started to take the next step down the path of locked down x86 systems. First step was ridding yourselves of 3rd party licensees, then igp integration into the CPU, now artificial OS locks on CPU's. Next step, a proprietary bus that only accepts devices that have digitally signed firmware. Heads up intel, more trade commission investigations on the way. It's time for the courts to step in and force intel to license on FRAND terms.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      So what you are saying is… Intel is acting more like ARM all the time! That should be good right?

      A little more seriously, I’m pretty sure that Linux will run just fine on Clovertrail, it’s just that Intel isn’t going out of its way to support Linux on this one platform at the current time. For example, there are new power states in Clovertrail that require some new OS code to be useful… no biggy but not in the kernel and userland yet.

      The biggest issue with Clovertrail is that it uses PowerVR graphics (retch). Those won’t be supported but since Intel doesn’t even own the IP for the PowerVR cores, I’d be looking at Imagination instead of Intel for the cause of the issues there.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]So what you are saying is... Intel is acting more like ARM all the time! That should be good right?[/quote<] Unless I missed your sarcasm tag it is quite the opposite. We could only wish that intel was as open as ARM where pretty much any one can license the IP and create their own chip. While intel did use PowerVR chips, other users of PowerVR chips are able to use other OS's other then windows. Also it is intel that chose that graphics solution. This still all falls on intels shoulders.

          • chuckula
          • 7 years ago

          ARM is open for other hardware companies to license its blocks and come up with all sorts of products that don’t support Linux in the slightest.. look at Nokia’s ARM products and Apple’s ARM products and even most Android phones — if you want to run Linux other than Android — as examples.

          Oh and before you point me to some outdated website where some guy got Android almost booting in an iPhone as proof of how “open” ARM is… I’m sure that running a stock Linux distro on Clovertrail will be trivially simple by comparison, it’s just that Linux will need to add in some extra support for Clovertrails new features.

          The most “open” ARM devices I’ve seen are things like the BeagleBoard and Raspberry Pi, but even there you are stuck with binary blobs if you want a GPU driver.. which sounds *awfully* similar to how Clovertrail will actually behave in real life!

          So what you are saying here is: When ARM allows 50+ companies to go out and build umpteen proprietary flavours of the “open” ARM architecture, that’s great. When Intel goes out and does basically the same thing for a large customer — with the exception that Intel’s solution is vastly more generic and easier to adapt to other software — that’s somehow terrible?

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            And yet the tegras can run linux just fine as well as many many many other ARM configurations.

            • chuckula
            • 7 years ago

            BULLCRAP. Show me a *real smartphone* using a Tegra 3 chip.. or even a tablet like the Nexus 7, where I can just slap on any old Linux distro like the Arch linux I’m running now. Hey.. Arch has ARM images so it should just work right? WRONG.

            You are totally missing my point and even proving me right in the process. Intel has said that *products* running Clovertrail, meaning Windows 8 tablets, won’t directly support Linux. The Register, hardly a bastion of sane journalism, then extended that to mean that Intel is out to destroy Linux OMG!! No, it just means that if you hack a *particular product* using Clovertrail to use Linux, then you won’t get support from Intel! Wow! Now please tell us how much suppport you are going to get from Nvidia if you try to hack your Nexus 7 to run Debian… I DARE YOU.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA3MjQ[/url<] [url<]http://hdfpga.blogspot.ca/2011/02/ubuntu-on-tegra-2-tablet-android.html[/url<]

            • chuckula
            • 7 years ago

            Wonderful.. you just proved that I’m right. Some guy hacked an obsolete tegra product to get a semi-functional Ubuntu installation. And how much official support did he get from Nvidia in this endeavour? Oh wait.. None? Wow!

            You just offered proof that ARM and its various distributors are at best just the same as Intel, but for some reason Intel is terrible and horrible while ARM is awesome…. FOR DOING THE EXACT SAME THING.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]And how much official support did he get from Nvidia in this endeavour?[/quote<] Considering he was using official tegra linux drivers from Nvidia, a lot.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Binary blobs would be an improvement. How is it that the Beagleboard can provide at least blob support for the PowerVR chipset and intel can’t? Oh ya, because it was a stipulation that TI stated when licensing the PowerVR graphics.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Okay, at the risk of being downvoted for interjecting facts into what looks to be a brewing partisan arguement, I’m going to share what I’ve gleaned from actual Linux kernel developers who heard the talk and actually understand what was said.

      The speaker was talking in the context of some new–and completely different–power controls that will be in this new chip. What the presenter said is that Linux (as it is) doesn’t support the features needed to support these more advanced power management features. Nothing was said like “and it never will”.

      All they said was that a brand new power management system is unsupported *at this time* by the Linux kernel. There is no indication that such support couldn’t be added at a future time nor that Intel, themselves, might not be the ones to add it.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Then further clarify this. Previous intel endeavors that have had all architectural changes have had support in linux well before the product was even released. Those commits were even submitted by intel.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          True. In this case, we’re seeing a very early preview of a chip. There’s still plenty of time for that code to be contributed.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            This isn’t the first time intel has used a PowerVR graphics solution either. The GMA-500 also used powerVR graphics and during the time intel did promise linux support (although it was a very half assed attempt at support they still at least attempted to provide some support).

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Yep, ATOM has traditionally been a steaming pile of poo on Linux for one reason or another. So, I guess the next one will be no different.

            On a more positive note, VV graphics support is already shaping up in Linux, so there’s hope for the future.

            As Pearl S. Buck said in Dragon Seed:
            “Is there not promise of rain?” Ling Tan asked suddenly out of darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
            “Only a promise,” Lao Er said.

            • chuckula
            • 7 years ago

            Intel doesn’t own the IP for PowerVR so it has very limited options in this area. Unfortunately, in the mobile world PowerVR is very popular, but ValleyView is a good start towards getting rid of those proprietary drivers.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            intel is fully capable of stipulating the terms under which they would use PowerVR’s product. ARM vendors are able to provide support for it under linux so unless you are saying that intel has less clout then ARM vendors your argument carries no weight. intel with their cross licensing agreement with nvidia since the settlement could have easily pounded out a deal to use a nvidia graphics core instead of a PowerVR core. Nothing tied their hands to PowerVR.

            • chuckula
            • 7 years ago

            OK… I’m getting a little tired of this one-sidedness. You do realize that PowerVR is used all the time in ARM devices.. and that there are exactly [b<]zero[/b<] open source drivers for PowerVR in [b<]any[/b<] of those devices right? Why the hell is it Intel's (and only Intel's) responsibility to forcibly open source PowerVR's driver architecture when you yourself think it's absolutely wonderful when Apple (a *MUCH* bigger company than Intel BTW) uses PowerVR and does absolutely *squat* to open up the graphics stack? Once again it's a case of: ARM does X, therefore ARM is the greatest thing since sliced bread and loves puppies and kittens! Intel does X and it is proof that they are out to kill all Linux users!

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]ARM does X, therefore ARM is the greatest thing since sliced bread and loves puppies and kittens! Intel does X and it is proof that they are out to kill all Linux users![/quote<] Obviously. Because Apple uses ARM and Apple is pure and good. Don't worry; once Apple uses x86 in phones, Deanjo will fall in love with Intel

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Apple has been using x86 in their systems for years and I still don’t love intel. So much for your theory.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you’re talking to deanjo.

            • bjm
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]You do realize that PowerVR is used all the time in ARM devices.. and that there are exactly zero open source drivers for PowerVR in any of those devices right?[/quote<] Don't bother discussing the technical details of Linux with Deanjo. He has a 'cheerlead first, technical details second' approach for it. It gets him into funny little predicaments like this one. I don't think he even realizes how different each ARM SoC is from one another and what it means on the source code level with the mess it creates. But hey, ARM is still God. In any case, despite all of the negativity Intel will be getting from these headlines as some Linux-unfriendly company, Intel's upcoming lineup is perhaps the best lineup they've ever had for Linux. Let MS have their cute little processor. Haswell and ValleyView are going to be awesome on Linux.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      The source for that article is The Inquirer (ugh) and that original article does go a bit more into the fact that it’s the power states that need to be supported in the OS as stated in other comments below. So yeah, seems like some FUD, although if Intel never does anything to support the power states in Linux that would be a bit of a shame. I bet the Linux community will figure out how to get around it anyway.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Everytime previous intel has brought out changes to the linux kernel to accommodate the changes they have made to their power management.

          • MFergus
          • 7 years ago

          Microsoft was working with Intel for the new power management changes. So it’s not entirely up to Intel to open it.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Oh there is no doubt that MS has it’s hand in this. The Wintel bedfellows relationship has been renewed with the sole goal of locking systems down.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i’m sure the 10 guys wanting to run linux out of the box on clover trail are crying. qq moar.

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “hp CEO: We have to ultimately offer a smartphone – Fox Business”

    Somebody just put this company out of its misery

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t worry, Meg Whitman’s got you covered.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        I guess CA voters made the right call. Too bad HP shareholders aren’t as smart.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      I really wish they’d merge with Yahoo so I could go visit their smoking pit of ruin in Santa Clara.

      I’ve always wanted to see the Netherworld up close and personal.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Wow, that’s kind of a low blow against Yahoo…

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Western Potash smacked with downgrades[/quote<] Take that Western Potash! (I'm a total Eastern Potash fanboi). P.S. --> That isn't a typo for Western Digital if anyone is wondering, the article really is talking about a company called Western Potash.

      • Phartindust
      • 7 years ago

      They should be downgraded! After all, who wants the leftover ash 🙂

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Potash Corp of Saskatchewan (ticker: POT) blazes them both.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        I gotta buy some pot stock

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Yup and they sent those BHP beotches packin.

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